Man arrested in connection to woman strangled on Phoenix bus

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Man arrested in connection to woman strangled on Phoenix bus

An Arizona man who allegedly strangled a woman on a city bus — leading her to die from “internal decapitation” — has been arrested, according to police.

Joshua Bagley, 26, is expected to be charged with first-degree murder in the death of Diane Craig, 41, who was found not breathing on a bus on Friday morning. The Phoenix Police Department said charges were pending on Wednesday.

“After several days and tireless efforts that were a collaborative partnership between several units in the police department and the community, the suspect in this case, Bagley, was taken into custody this afternoon,” the department said in a statement.

Joshua Bagley, 26, is expected to be charged with first-degree murder
Joshua Bagley, 26, is expected to be charged with first-degree murder.
Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office

“Mr. Bagley is currently in police custody as the booking and interview process is completed.”

Police said surveillance footage shows Bagley, who boarded the bus separately, strangling Craig with bag straps and pushing her to the ground. He also took several items from her. 

Craig was later found with the bag straps still around her neck. She was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The bus driver told police that he noticed Bagley moved to the front of the bus before getting off outside of a QuikTrip.

Surveillance footage of Bagley.
Surveillance footage of Bagley.
Phoenix Police Department
Diane Craig died from "internal decapitation."
Diane Craig died from “internal decapitation.”
KPNX

Bagley was arrested Tuesday afternoon after police received a tip about a suspicious person. Court paperwork revealed that he had also been booked and released just days earlier on unrelated charges.  

After his arrest, Bagley reportedly told police that he had been in ‘102 fights.’ The motive for his attack on Craig is still unclear.

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